Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Baruch Lau on Thursday, discussing support granted to the Jewish community, Hungary-Israel relations, and the Russian-Ukraine war, the prime minister’s press chief said. The talks were attended by Orbán’s political director Balázs Orbán and chief rabbi of the EMIH Jewish Community Slomó Köves, Bertalan Havasi said. Lau expressed thanks to the Hungarian government for its support to strengthen the world’s Jewish communities. He highlighted the help that Hungary had provided offering refuge and services to Jews fleeing Ukraine.
Orbán and Lau welcomed the close strategic alliance between Israel and Hungary. In connection with the Russia-Ukraine war, they urged immediate ceasefire and noted the importance of establishing peace, Havasi said.